Photo is Actually.....Someone Else

by Jack Webster - 157 cards (Last updated on Feb. 23, 2018)

1. 1952 Topps #391 Ben Chapman

Photo is actually Sam Chapman

2. 1952 Berk Ross #4 Ewell Blackwell

Photo is actually Nellie Fox

3. 1952 Berk Ross #20 Nellie Fox

Photo is actually Ewell Blackwell

4. 1953 Topps #219 Pete Runnels

Photo is actually Don Johnson

5. 1953-54 Parkhurst #28 Dickie Moore

Photo is actually Jean Beliveau

6. 1953-54 Parkhurst #37 Al Arbour

Photo is actually Bill Dineen

7. 1953-54 Parkhurst #38 Bill Dineen

Photo is actually Al Arbour

8. 1955 Bowman #101a Don Johnson

Photo is actually Ernie Johnson

9. 1955 Bowman #157a Ernie Johnson

Photo is actually Don Johnson

10. 1955 Bowman #48a Frank Bolling

Photo is actually Milt Bolling



Sep. 19, 2016 - 12:23AM

Though he never made it above double-A ball, I collected cards of a guy I played little league ball with. He had about ten cards and one of them was in a top prospects set (Ryan Howard was another in the set), but the photo wasn't him. Hated that for him.

Sep. 20, 2016 - 12:46PM

That is Jim Podoley. Podoley wore #24. Volney Peters wore #79.

Sep. 20, 2016 - 4:26PM
Jack Webster

I think you're right that it isn't Volney Peters, but I don't think it's Jim Podoley either. Podoley wore #24 and the player pictured is wearing # 74.
Upon further research it appears the player pictured is Laurie Niemi, who played for the Redskins from 1952-53 and wore #74. If you look at his 1954 Bowman card you can see it's clearly him
I originally identified the card as Volney Peters based on an article on

Sep. 20, 2016 - 10:31PM

I love a mystery. That jersey was only used during the 1955, 1956, and 1957 seasons. Laurie Niemi's last season was 1953, so it can't be Niemi either. Jersey #74 was not used in the 1955, 1956, & 1957 regular season. #74 was used by Bob Morgan in 1954. It could be Bob Morgan in 1955's preseason. Morgan didn't make the team in 1955. Or it could be some other player from 1956 or 1957 preseason that was cut.

Sep. 20, 2016 - 10:55PM
Jack Webster

In line 1 you say the jersey was only used during 55-57
In line 2 you say #74 was NOT used from 55-57
Niemi wore #74 in 1952 & 1953. The photo Topps used had to be taken before 1955 when facemasks became mandatory.

Cut & paste this link to look up NFL team uniform history.

Article on facemasks

Sep. 21, 2016 - 11:36AM

Don't forget, 1982 Donruss had the Shane Rawley and Juan Eichelberger photos incorrect.

Sep. 21, 2016 - 12:27PM
Jack Webster

Didn't know about the Rawley & Eichelberger errors. Thanks for the tip.

Sep. 22, 2016 - 1:11PM

The uniform says it all. That style uniform was only used for 3 seasons. And the solid gold colored (no stripe) helmet was introduced in 1956. Jersey #74 was last issued to Bob Morgan in 1954 and not issued again until 1962 to Ed Khayat. ALL available jerseys and NUMBERS are used during training camp and before the final cuts. Once a final roster is made, then jersey numbers are issued. That's why I believe it could be Bob Morgan during 1955's training camp (though it's the wrong helmet). Or some other player that was cut prior to regular season in 1956 or 1957. Niemi would never had an opportunity to wear that style uniform or helmet.

Face masks in photos don't factor in. Just look at the card of rookie Ron Kramer in this set. An obvious 1957 photo. Plus many players still played without face masks after 1955.

The mystery goes on...

Sep. 23, 2016 - 4:04PM

Mistakes can be made....but Quintana in place of Sale is horrible.

Sep. 25, 2016 - 9:04AM

Great list. This is a tricky one, but 2014 Topps Chrome WWE Atomic Refractor #74 Jimmy Uso is a picture of his twin brother/tag team partner Jey Uso. Actually all of the Chromes of the Usos appear to be switched names that year (based on an eBay search I just did), but this is the only scan we have in the database. They are twins, but their tattoos are different. The same photos are used in 2014 Topps but the names are correct there.

Sep. 26, 2016 - 4:32AM
Billy Kingsley

A lot more of these than I imagined! Two basketball ones off the top of my head:
1983-84 Star #246 and 247 were originally issued with photos reversed, they were corrected.
1998-99 Flair Showcase #23 shows the correct person in the small color photo but the large black & white background photo is a different player. The player it is supposed to be (Michael Olowokandi) was the #1 draft pick that season. The back photo was fellow rookie Roshown McLeod. It was not corrected.

Sep. 26, 2016 - 4:58AM
Jack Webster

Yes, I'm finding a LOT more than I ever imagined. Have almost 50 more that I haven't added yet.

Nov. 2, 2016 - 12:19PM

Great list! I found two more cards from the same set:
1989 Donruss #212 The player in the picture is Nelson Simmons and not Mickey Brantley
1989 Donruss #491 The player in the picture is Damon Berryhill and not Doug Dascenzo

Nov. 2, 2016 - 12:35PM
Jack Webster

Thanks. I'll add them to the list!

Nov. 24, 2016 - 8:47AM

I remember the 1981 Donruss having a few of these. I went to the error page on this site and found 3 which I have listed below. You already had the LaCorte / Niemann error listed.

26a John Ellis ERR: With bat; photo actually Danny Walton
26b John Ellis COR: With glove; corrected photo
143 Frank LaCorte UER: Photo is actually Randy Niemann
261a Vern Ruhle ERR: Head shot; photo actually Ken Forsch
261b Vern Ruhle COR: Head to waist shot

Nov. 24, 2016 - 8:52AM

I did a search on this site for the word "actually". Quite a few more cards came up as a result.

Nov. 26, 2016 - 6:17AM
Jack Webster

I did the "actually" search and came up with a bunch more. Thanks for the tip.

Nov. 27, 2016 - 9:52PM
fedoratipper The person they used on the front is a different Mark Carrier than the one on the back.

Feb. 14, 2017 - 6:41AM

Wow. This is quite a list. I managed to recognize a few of the miscast individuals. Thank you for this good reference of error cards here.

Feb. 14, 2017 - 2:02PM
Jack Webster

Thank You. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's been a lot of fun putting it together.

Feb. 18, 2017 - 9:29AM
Here's one you could add. The player on the front is actually David West.

Feb. 18, 2017 - 9:31AM
Jack Webster

Thanks for the tip!

Mar. 6, 2017 - 5:54PM

Not sure if you added it (didn't make it through) but this 14-15 Martin Hanzal card is acutally of Keith Yandle. 


Also my all-time favorite hockey card is the Rogie Vachon card where they pasted his head onto someone else's body.

Mar. 6, 2017 - 7:16PM
Jack Webster

Thanks for the tip. I just added it to the list.

Mar. 10, 2017 - 9:18PM
Mar. 16, 2017 - 4:17PM

Here's another football one. The player on the front is actually Jason Witten

Apr. 2, 2017 - 10:50PM

2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres #17a Matt Pender pictures Curtis Granderson

Apr. 25, 2017 - 9:47AM

I always think it's funny when the guy pictured isn't even the same race as the guy that should be pictured 

Oct. 19, 2017 - 9:47PM

I believe that Machado error is actually Matt Duffy.

Oct. 20, 2017 - 10:31AM

1970 MLB Photo Stamp NNO Grant Jackson is actually John Boozer.

I'm not 100% sure but 2013 Topps #393 Andres Torres looks a lot like Aubrey Huff.

Oct. 20, 2017 - 1:10PM
Jack Webster

Nice one TraderJack! Added to list.

Oct. 20, 2017 - 1:12PM
Jack Webster

I'll take your word for it lfbBirds Cards. Change made.

Oct. 20, 2017 - 10:02PM

1992 Classic Draft Picks #15 - Benji actually Brent Gates

Oct. 20, 2017 - 11:59PM

2017 Topps Archives #272 Jose Canseco is his twin brother Ozzie.

Oct. 21, 2017 - 5:18AM
Jack Webster

Canseco added. Thanks.


Oct. 21, 2017 - 5:25AM
Jack Webster

Grigsby card added. Thank You.

Never imagined when I started this list that there would be so many of these.

Keep them coming!


Oct. 22, 2017 - 12:24PM
Feb. 14, 2018 - 10:25AM

Here is one and another

Feb. 14, 2018 - 10:51AM

Are you sure the '61 Sherman Jones card is really Eddie Fisher?  Jones wore #36 and Fisher wore #39.  They do look alike.  

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